"If providence did beards devise,
To prove the wearers of them wise,
A fulsome goat would then, by nature,
Excel each other human creature." - Thomas D'Urfey

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Goat Yoga

The summer has been a long, hot and dry one, leading one toward the pursuit of nothing more than laying around, waiting for the heat to pass, and the occasional Peanut. Recently, however, I, in my intellectually superior way, have come to consider the great benefits of Yoga. For you see, Yoga is not merely the pretzeling of body parts into aberrant and unnatural positions. No, my friends, the Yogi strives to manifest Universal Life through a controlled, ordered and healthy mind and body. That is to say that through the pursuit of this material philosophy, one might become stronger. One might stand to gain strength in mind and body. One might just get the Peanut before anyone else does.

So, in keeping with my new-found endeavor, I and my compatriots have embarked on a satisfying, albeit rigorous, regime of mastery of the art of Yoga. Detailed below is evidentiary testimony of our arduous efforts.

Here is a stunning example of the Warrior Pose (Virasana).

Next, we see an example of the Eagle Pose (Garudasana), brilliantly executed by myself.

A most impressive representation of the Spinal Twist (Ardha Matsendrasana).

And, of course, no regime would be complete without Downward-Facing Goat (Adho Mukha Svanasana).

Naturally, I have not been alone in my efforts, witnessed here by this handsome rendition of the Half-Moon (Ardha-chandrasana), executed so masterfully by my nephew, Peanut.

Even Boo has taken the task to heart. Here we see her in a first-rate interpretation of the Mountain Pose (Tadasana). Of course this is the only pose she has come to master (for obvious reasons), but I suppose we must give her an 'A' in self-awareness.

Lastly, allow me to leave you with this spectacular exemplification of the Lotus Position (Matsyāsana).

In the practice of Yoga, one must pay particular attention to the breath, breathing deeply from the diaphragm. Be sure to breathe out slowly and completely. Since this needs to be accomplished uniformly, it is a good idea to employ a long, sustained sound that will vibrate within the skull and allow concentration - something such as the word, 'Oyyyyyyyyyyyymmm'. With this in mind, allow me to leave you with these last thoughts. Be vigilant in your efforts to achieve inner Peace. "Butt wood and carry Peanuts", and, of course, "What is the sound of one hoof clomping?"


goatfarmer said...

uh Marigold, yoga is good and all that, but it looks like some of you might be pursuing the art of SUMO as well. have you thought of calling Jenny Craig?

Marigold said...

Dear goatfarmer,
Don't be silly. Jenny Craig would never make it in a Sumo match.

Farmgirl_dk: said...

..."the sound of one hoof clomping". Snort!!
I "ooohed" and "awwwwed" (and giggled) through all of these incredible photos. The downward-facing goat, my personal fave, was executed with caprine PERFECTION!
Nice work! Hopefully, there is a peanut klatsch following the yoga class!

Texan said...

mmm yoga you say? I am going to pass this info onto the rest of the herd and see if they want to give this a try!! As far as the crack about Jenny Craig goes... I think maybe goat farmer has been talking to my lady rancher, she has really been on me about my weight, she told me I looked 3months pregnant! I am pretty sure if she was the same height as me she would carry her weight a bit differnt as well! :O)... but well tee hee I could be three months pregnant LOL :O)...though I shouldn't be tee hee hee :O)